Pharmacology is an interesting industry to get involved with. It’s a rather specialist area, and one that only the best of the best can be a part of. The job of a pharmacologist is to study how chemicals affect cells and, of course, the environment.
It’s a role where you spend time researching and testing stuff. You can then help to develop new drugs to combat illnesses and diseases. If you want to be a part of this exciting and pioneering industry, today’s blog post will tell you more about how you can become a part of it.
What does a pharmacologist do?
I will assume that you might have a fair idea of what the job of a pharmacologist entails. But if you don’t, let me walk you through a day in the life of one.
Pharmacologists work as part of a team. They work with other researchers, scientists and admin staff. As a pharmacologist, the work you do will depend on which field you choose to specialize in.
For instance, clinical pharmacology deals with clinical trials of medicine on people. And neuropharmacology focuses on how drugs affect our body’s nervous system.
Part of your daily duties will involve setting up experiments and carrying them out. You will then need to analyze the results of those experiments. You do this by using specialist lab equipment like mixing tanks.
Once those tests get completed, you then have to write reports on your findings. Those reports will contain information on what you did and how successful the results were. With those results, you can then go on to help development vaccines and treatments.
Another part of your job is to share your results with your colleagues. That is so further analysis and project work can get co-ordinated.
What hours does a pharmacologist work?
Some people assume that pharmacologists work long hours. But the truth is most pharmacologists work a standard 9-5 day. As with any job, you might need to do some overtime. For the most part, you won’t work any longer than 40 hours a week.
The work gets done during standard business days. Some pharmacologists might have to work in shifts. Especially if there is a need to research and develop vaccines for specific illnesses sooner rather than later.
As part of your work, you will have to wear protective clothing. Accidents are rare, and that is thanks to strict industry policing of workplaces where experiments and tests get carried out.
How much does a pharmacologist earn?
Graduates from university start off by earning around $40,000. As you progress in your job, you can earn between $57,000 and $130,000 a year. Of course, these salary figures are general guides, as it depends who you work for and where.
How can I become a pharmacologist?
It is essential that you get a university degree in biochemistry before you can apply for a job as a pharmacologist. You will also need good high school grades and good communication skills.